“Little Smart Alecks: Professional Mirth Makers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler and their Puppets”, Montreal, Canada, 24 Oct 2010
Lecture in Yiddish with Eddy Portnoy on “Little Smart Alecks: Professional Mirth Makers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler and their Puppets”
Lecture in Yiddish “Little Smart Alecks: Professional Mirth Makers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler and their Puppets” by Eddy Portnoy on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. The lecture will be illustrated with audiovisual material and will feature the short film “Yosl Cutler and his Puppets.” At the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal. Sponsored by the Nathan Igelfeld Foundation. Cost $5 for JPL members and students, $10 others. For advance tickets and information, call 514-345-6416 or 514-345-2627 ext. 3006 or visit www.jewishpubliclibrary.org.
Anything is possible in Yiddish theatre – but dolls that talk back to you? When artists Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler created their “Modicut” Yiddish puppet theatre at the end of 1925, it was an instant hit among the Yiddish-speaking masses in New York City, and within a few years they were touring Europe and the Soviet Union to great acclaim. Come hear the fascinating history of this unusual piece of Yiddish culture.
Eddy Portnoy teaches Yiddish language and Jewish literature and culture at Rutgers University. A contributor to The Forward and Tablet Magazine, he writes on Jewish popular culture with an emphasis on Yiddish.
The author will be introduced by Rivka Augenfeld, co-Chair of theYiddish Cultural Committee of the Jewish Public Library.
The Jewish Public Library, founded in Montreal in 1914, is committed to encouraging and promoting the Yiddish language, culture and literature, by collecting and preserving Yiddish materials, and by presenting a variety of cultural events.